THE Ekiti State chapter of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has urged leaders of socio-cultural group, Egbe Afenifere Ilosiwaju Yoruba, to jettison their personal ego
and work for the overall interest of the Southwest.
According to the ARG chapter, Yoruba leaders should unite behind the region’s political and economic agenda.
The group said the Yoruba agenda can only be actualised when there is unity among the region’s leaders.
Its coordinator, Elder Bunmi Awotiku, who spoke with reporters in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said the body had been playing leading roles in the political configuration in the Southwest for a long time, adding that the politics concerning the zone would not be an exception.
He added that Afenifere would not be blindfolded by the call for it to jettison its agitation for restructuring and regional integration.
“The Southwest has been supportive of the policies and programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and we shall continue to do so. We want him to succeed and he shall succeed by God’s grace,” he said.
Awotiku said the ARG remains the authentic voice of the Yoruba nation, stressing that this was evident in the number of elected representatives it had produced in the past and presently.
He said the group was prepared to enlist the support of other stakeholders within the region and across the Niger to achieve the objectives of the Yoruba agenda.
“The other group claiming to be Afenifere, ask them whether they had ever produced a councillor before. But for ARG, we can boast of elected leaders from the local government to state and Federal.
“This is not just happening; we are living witnesses to how Afenifere contributed to the emergence of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD) governors in the Southwest in 1999.”
On how the body intends to harmonise all shades of opinions, the ARG chieftain said: “We would come to the round table and I can assure you that Yoruba would forge a common front.
“We have learnt our lessons as a people and we won’t allow internal fight or acrimony to deprive us of great opportunities.
“Let me cite the instance of what happened in Ekiti State during the last governorship election, where about 33 aspirants showed interest to vie on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Before the primaries, we had read all manner of political commentaries that the exercise would mark the end of the party in Ekiti. But what happened thereafter, not even an aspirant left the party.
“They all went into the election as a united family. Look at the result today. I think nobody is prepared to toy with the power of unity and togetherness.”